Gauchos Garner Trio of Top-10 Rankings, UCSB Players Awarded Preseason Accolades

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UCSB men's soccer team, which is coming off of a 3-0 exhibition win over Westmont on Saturday, has been ranked in the top-10 of three recent preseason national polls.

The Gauchos garnered a No. 9 ranking in the recently released College Soccer News Poll, ranking six spots higher than Big West foe UC Irvine. For the complete poll, click here

TopDrawerSoccer.com released its first Men's Top 48 Tournament ranking of the season on Monday and had the Gauchos listed as No. 10. UCSB is the top-ranked Big West team in the poll and the highest ranked program on the West Coast.

The Tournament 48 National Ranking aims to rank the top men's college soccer teams and also project the NCAA Tournament field, including all of the automatic qualifiers from 22 eligible Division I conferences. For the complete poll, click here.

College Sports Madness, meanwhile, has the Gauchos ranked No. 9 in its Top-44 Poll and No. 1 in the Big West. To view the complete poll, click here.

Additionally, College Sports Madness has honored several Gauchos with preseason honors. On its Big West Preseason All-Conference Teams, it has listed Dion Acoff, Machael David and Peter McGlynn as First Team honorees. Achille Campion, meanwhile, garnered a Second Team nod. Acoff was predicted as the Offensive Player of the Year, Ema Boateng was picked as the Freshman of the Year and Tim Vom Steeg was predicted as the league's Coach of the Year.

On the website's preseason All-American list, Acoff was named to the Fourth Team. 

UCSB will officially open the 2012 season on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Loyola Marymount. The Gauchos will return home on Sept. 7 to host Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. 

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